It will match my Phantom AE. The Valvet X will have a similar character to the VMX so it won't be the nice clean open sound of the Valvet, but more of a lower mid character and a little less top end. Sort of like a Phanthera tube version.
"I talked to Dirk Brauner and he told me the new Valvet X is what the Phantera is to the Phantom and what the VMX is to the VM1.
So it's a little more vintage sounding compared to the stock Valvet."
Like the "Phanthera" as the brother of the Phantom with a more vintage like sound, the Valvet-X goes the same way compared to the Valvet. The X has no Phase switch and is only acoustical cardioid which offers additional 3 db in noise to signal ratio. The first test in german magazine Professional Audio had a result of 85.4 dB/a. I mean, thats good
If you have further questions, let me know.
Got my Valvet X a few weeks ago (from Thomann, "B-stock" but in perfect condition for 1555 €). I love this mic! Very low noise (I think it's the worlds quietest tube mic, under 9 db A), very detailed, natural and rich sound. It doesn't provide any apperent additional high end boost (like many other condenser mics do) so it's more appropriate for close micing (but sounds good from a distant too).
It replaced the Gefell M930 as my main vocal mic. The Gefell is a great mic but the Valvet X is sounds much more natural, rich and intimate.
Now I am looking for the "perfect" vocal chain (mostly femal vocals, pop, jazz, folk, alternative, world music...).
So to all other Valvet X users: Which preamp do you prefer for vocals with this mic? So far I tried: Forsell SMP-2, LA610, A-desings MP2A and BAE 1272. Out of them I liked the Forsell best, followed by the LA610 and the MP2A the least. Suggestions are wellcome!
Btw: for acoustic string instruments I love the Valvet X as well...
I have 2 AKG 414 TLII.
Do you think the Valvet X is a approvement to the AKG?
Also i can buy a used Brauner Phantom - Anniversary Edition.
What is the difference between Valvet X and the Phantom?
Valvet X is a completely different beast than 414 TLII. Much more upfront, with very detailed and smooth highs and full and warm lows. Also its selfnoise is scarily low, which gives you a kind of realism that you do not expect from any microphone.
Valvet X compared to Phantom = warm smooth detailed character (has a tube) vs neutral ultra detailed (is fully solid state). Phantom is probably more versatile, more useful for instrument tracking, has multi patterns. Valvet X is a killer on voices. So it all depends on what you need. As usual.